As the mother of two athletes, I have long been interested in the impact coaches have on their players. Like parents and teachers, coaches have an incredible opportunity to teach life lessons through the medium of sport; lessons in friendship, competition, commitment and dedication to name a few. As a family therapist, social worker and instructor of psychology, I know that when all is said and done, it is, in the end, the relationships that matter, the interpersonal experiences gained through striving together, accomplishing a goal, moving in the same direction as one.
Do you have a story to share?
I am collecting stories about the impact of coaches on player's lives. Is there a coach that has influenced you? Inspired you? Encouraged you? What lessons did they teach you and how? How have the coaches you played for made a difference in your life? Is there a memory that stands out? A game, a practice, a moment in the bottom of the ninth when something changed, forever? What lessons did playing teach you and how have you carried these lessons into your life?
Please take a moment to share a story or two about a coach who has made a difference in your life.